A new hotel, with a design reminiscent of cutting-edge buildings along the High Line, has been proposed for Cedar Street, adjacent to I-95 (at the site of the former Don Conqui and Got Soul restaurants.) 225 rooms, together with dining and other amenities, in an ultra-modern tower rising above a rehabbed historic structure at the base. In a presentation last night to the City Council, the developers also proposed to enhance the appearance and pedestrian accessibility of Garden Street to better connect this site to the downtown and train station.
Given the prominence of its location, one of the most visible in our entire city, this project would have a dramatic (and I think positive) effect on perceptions of New Rochelle. It’s also a great example of how the successful execution of our downtown development plan is generating buzz about New Rochelle as a whole.
That said, there are plenty of steps ahead, including a review of zoning, an examination of environmental impacts, and an analysis of parking and traffic issues. Too soon to provide approvals, but the proposal is certainly encouraging.